Calatrava's design for the Yuan Ze Arts and Conference Hall, now more than a decade in the making, finally broke ground this week. When ready, the project will serve as a venue for exhibitions and cultural events and will feature a Performing Arts Building, an Orchestra Hall and a Theatre, among other amenities.
Located adjacent to the Yuan Ze University in Taoyuan County, southwest of Taipei, the project is expected to become a landmark for Taiwan. Moreover, its proximity to important transportation hubs will help the project drive further development to the area. The design comprising of three buildings will serve as a gateway to the University while also creating an important cultural site for the region.
The Performing Arts Building, situated in the centre of the development, is defined by a curving roof, which pays homage to traditional Taiwanese architecture. To the North, The Orchestra Hall will feature an operable ceiling that will expand and contract the hall's space, thus creating a versatile interior capable of meeting any performance's acoustic requirements. A large reception hall is located above the performance space. The third building, the theatre, is designed with flexible seating, accommodating various kinds of performances. The theatre will contain a choral and symphony rehearsal space on the upper floor in addition to the performance hall.